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World Briefing / Thailand

Rights meeting suffers setback

March 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Southeast Asian leaders are wrapping up a summit today they hoped would highlight their championship of human rights, but instead suffered a setback when military-ruled Myanmar and Cambodia refused to talk to two pro-democracy activists.

The prominent activists were barred from a meeting on human rights in the region, after the leaders of the two countries threatened to walk out. The activists had been selected as delegates for their countries.

The two-day summit of the 10-nation bloc is to end with a general declaration and a document on the region's economy and the global financial crisis.

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